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Vitis vinifera


Vitis vinifera

(Grape vine)


Botanical info

Grape vine is a liana growing 12–15 m tall at a fast rate, attaches to supports by tendrils. Its leaves are glossy dark green on top, light green below, usually hairless. Its natural habitat includes humid forests and streamside’s. It is native to the Mediterranean basin. Flowering from May to June.  


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Nature of Women:

        a. Fresh annual vegetation mixed with honey is recommended as a strong second choice purgative. 

    b. Diseases of Women 1:

        a. Fresh annual shots mixed with honey and applied in woolen fabric as accouchement purgative. 

        b. Grapevine flowers are used in a remedy administered as a birth promoter.   

        c. Grapevine resin mixed with olive oil is recommended as depilatory.  

    a. Diseases of Women 2:

        a. Grapevine tendrils decoction is recommended as diuretic in cases of strangury.  


Traditional uses:

The seeds and leaves are astringent, the leaves being formerly used to stop hemorrhages and bleeding. They are used dried and powdered as a cure for dysentery in cattle. The sap, termed a tear, forms an excellent lotion for weak eyes and specks on the cornea. Ripe grapes in quantity influence the kidneys producing a free flow of urine and are apt to cause palpitation in excitable and full-blooded people. Dyspeptic subjects should avoid them. In cases of anemia and a state of exhaustion the restorative power of grapes is striking, especially when taken in conjunction with a light nourishing diet. In cases of small-pox grapes have proved useful owing to their bi-tartrate of potash content; they are also said to be of benefit in cases of neuralgia, sleeplessness, etc. 


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